8.5/10
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The Huawei Honor 10 currently has an Informr score of 8.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 41 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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Verdict

Honor’s latest release wowed reviewers. It’s a solid phone that pushes into flagship territory while sitting at a price well in the middle of mid-tier price lists. Unless you need the absolute best camera, there Honor 10 should be on your list to consider.

What's good

  • Price
  • Bright, vivid display
  • Blazing performance
  • Attractive design
  • Dual SIM

What's bad

  • Camera AI is a personal taste
  • So-so low-light camera performance
  • No microSD support
  • Fingerprint sensor placement

While they’re not quite a household name, Honor is making a name for itself as a brand that offers flagship performance at mid-tier prices. The Honor 10 is their latest release and in many ways identical to the Huawei P20 except for one major consideration -- it’s half the price. 

The phone features a metal frame and glass back -- something common in today’s flagships. But the glass features a multicolored treatment that reviewers found stunning. Every reviewer gushed about the interesting color shifting effect and the people who noticed their phone on the street.

That said, scratches and fingerprints are always an issue with glass backs. Fortunately, Honor included a slim, clear gel case to help keep it looking good.

Around front, you’re greeted by a 5.84-inch 1080p IPS display with a notch for the front-facing camera and sensors. The front of the phone is nearly all screen, with minimal side bezels and a tiny chin for the fingerprint sensor. This sounds good on paper, but many reviewers found that the fingerprint sensor was hard to hit accurately due to its placement.

Otherwise, the screen offers excellent contrast, vivid colors, and a slightly cool color balance. If you’re not a fan of the notch, there’s also a setting to hide it using a black bar across the top of the screen.

Pushing all those pixels, you’ll find an octa-core 2.36 Kirin 970 processor with 4 to 6GB of RAM depending on the variant you choose. Reviewers had no trouble with gaming or multitasking -- even with the 4GB model. That said, opting for the 6GB model will add more future proofing to your investment. 

You’ll also find 64GB or 128GB of internal storage depending on the variant you choose. If you have any storage space concerns, opting for the 128GB is likely the best idea as there is no microSD support. 

You can, however, use two SIM cards complete with 4G on both SIMs.

The phone ships with Android 8.1 Oreo running EMUI 8.1.0. Unlike earlier versions of EMUI, Honor has trimmed down the bloat and streamlined performance. Reviewers have no issues with stuttering, lockups, or crashing. 

The cameras on the Honor 10 were the biggest area of contention among reviewers. The phone includes a dual-lens rear camera with a 16MP color sensor and 24MP monochrome sensor. It also offers an AI-assisted mode to tweak color balance, exposure, and other settings and optimize your images.

Some reviewers loved the added AI touches while others hated them. With good lighting, the camera offers snappy response time, fast focusing, and an effective portrait/bokeh mode. In low-light, the camera performs admirably, but can’t keep up with higher-priced competitors.

Reviews were similar for the 24MP front-facing selfie shooter...

With a 3400mAh battery, reviewers had zero issues with lasting a full day on a single charge. Some reviewers hit close to two days with moderate to light usage. Honor includes a USB Type-C fast charge adapter for top offs in about 1.5 hours should you find yourself in need power mid-day.

Simply put, reviews for the phone were phenomenal. Cool Smartphone said, “Don’t think, don’t think for a minute or a second that you’re short-changing yourself by getting a phone from a company you may not be aware of, because this rocks. This phone rocks. Get this phone. Get this phone right now. Buy one. Go.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.36 GHz
Screen Size
5.84"
Camera
16+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Android Guys

Priced at only €399 / $467 in Europe, the Honor 10 makes you a proposition you can’t resist. Putting the battery issue aside, the Honor 10 is really an excellent device at this price point. Its major highlights include design, camera, and advanced performance.

- Alexandra Arici, Android Guys
3G.co.uk

The Honor 10 is a superb handset and while we have a few complaints most of them are offset by the price. This is a phone that could almost stand up to the biggest flagships, yet it costs half as much.

- James Rogerson, 3G.co.uk
ZDNet

The Honor 10 is an excellent mid-range handset. It has lots of features and certainly gives the Huawei P20 and P20 Plus a run for their money.

- Sandra Vogel, ZDNet
SlashGear

Honor 10 is, unfortunately, not available inside the United States through traditional means. If you set your mind to it, there are several ways in which you might get your hands on one, but take caution. As it is with ALL smartphones (or otherwise personal gadgets), I recommend getting your hands o...

- Chris Burns, SlashGear
Photography Blog

Despite the fact that this is a relatively cheap model, it still feels well constructed, while the finish is also attractive - especially the “Phantom” editions which have a two-tone effect. The screen is also nice and bright, with plenty of detail on display. It’s also a good size, having a large e...

- Amy Davies, Photography Blog


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Screen Size
5.84"

The Huawei Honor 10's screen size is 5.84 inches with 1080 x 2280 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.36 GHz

There is a HiSilicon Kirin 970 Octa core 2.36 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system (OS).

Camera
16+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 16+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 24+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64/128 GB

Internal memory is 64/128 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
3400mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3400 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 1274 minutes, 710 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Honor 10 Specs

Overview
Release date May 15, 2018
Regions available Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1900/2100/850/900 /1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 8.1 Oreo

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Processor HiSilicon Kirin 970 Octa core 2.36 GHz
Internal Storage 64/128 GB
RAM 6 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.79 W/kg
Body: 1.15 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 3400 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 697 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 710 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1274 minutes
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Mirage Purple, Mirage Blue, Magic Night Black, Gray Pull
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.96 x 7.12 x 0.77 cm (5.9 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 153 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2280 pixels
Pixel density 432 pixels
Size 5.84 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX, aptX HD
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance, Dual camera feature (24 MP 2nd camera), HDR
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
24+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture f/2.0
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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